Indiana

Mt. Vernon Safe Haven Baby Box Unveiled

No shame, no blame, no names that’s the mantra behind the Safe Haven Baby Box a last resort for moms in crisis. When it comes to the Safe Haven Baby Box for the creator it’s personal.

Creator Monica Kelsey says, “August 25th, 1972 a young 17-year-old girl was brutally attacked, she was raped, she was left on the side of the road. This was in 72 when abortion was illegal in our country.”

That man was arrested and charged, but six weeks later that girl found out she was pregnant.

“She was literally taken out of high school and hidden for the remainder of the pregnancy because that was a shame back in those days, and she gave birth in April of 73. Two hours later she abandoned that child and that child was me,” says Kelsey.

Kelsey has made it her mission to help save lives with the Safe Haven Baby Box.

“In Indianapolis, there was a baby left at the door of an ER in North Vernon, Indiana there was a baby left at the door of a church. These women wanted people to find their child, they just didn’t want the face to face interaction that the law requires,” says Kelsey.

The Safe Haven Baby Box will be available is now available to the public. The box is positioned on the north side of the fire station. This is the state’s eight Safe Haven Baby Box and number 10 nationwide.

Additionally, there is a toll-free crisis line mothers can contact: 1-866-99Baby1.

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